Access Control Service Protection Act comes into force
Tomorrow, Saturday, March 23, 2002, the 'Act for the Protection of Access-Controlled Services and Access Control Services' will come into force. This makes the production, advertising, maintenance and also possession of 'bypass devices' (cracks) for access to protected areas, as mentioned in the law, punishable.
Violations of the ZKDSG law, also known as the Access Control Service Protection Act, can be punished with a fine of up to 50,000 euros. Protected access to television (PayTV) and radio broadcasts or tele and media services are particularly affected by the law. The law also covers circumvention devices that work without algorithms that are protected by the manufacturer, i.e. that do not violate copyrights directly, such as in the case of Internet services, although the actual main goal is the protection of PayTV offers. According to the Federal Minister of Economics, Dr. Werner Müller, after the law on electronic business transactions passed last year and the extension of the signature law and regulation, this is another important step towards defining the framework for e-commerce, which further improves the security of payment services on the Internet/p>